Marco Pretelin, the son of Gretchen Pretelin-Granda, a 16-year teacher in the Las Virgenes Unified School District, recently suffered brain injuries in a bicycling accident and needs financial support to aid in his recovery.
He was rushed to Los Robles where he was put in an induced coma for 5 days. He suffered a contusion to his left temporal lobe, slight bleeding in his brain, several lacerations on his face, a fractured neck, and several broken teeth. He remained in the hospital for 20 days. The hospital’s recommendation was to send Marco to a rehabilitation center, but considering that he does not have insurance, they sent him home.
Pretelin’s girlfriend, Rachael Caine, started a fundraising drive on youcaring.com to raise $10,000. So far, they have reached almost $2000.
“Circumstances will prevent Marco from returning to work for at least 2-3 months. During these trying times, Marco needs all of the help and support he can get from the wonderful people who care about him and his well being,” Caine wrote on the website.
Pretelin-Granda said that her son hopes to be an architect and has been working in construction and at a Starbucks to make ends meet.